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by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 31
Views: 860

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

From which:
As for the so-called science, there is no real thing called science. People just made up the name "science" and called it that. It's actually just a body of theories.
Anyone who believes this should clearly renounce modern technology as it's all obviously bogus. :tongue:
by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 31
Views: 860

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Supramundane wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 2:28 am
as you have reminded us, Tom, we are made of nuclear waste (!).
'We are stardust' is a nicer way of putting it. (From Joni Mitchell)
by Wayfarer
Fri May 25, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Father Francis Tiso Dzogchen & Early Christianity Connection
Replies: 50
Views: 9069

Re: Father Francis Tiso Dzogchen & Early Christianity Connection

To be more precise, only certain teachings [of Origen's] were condemned As a casual student of these subjects, I had the idea that the main cause for Origen's condemnation was the rejection of his 'doctrine of the pre-existence of souls' as 'a monstrous heresy'. This has been famously, if incorrect...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 24, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Buddhism on actors

Not sure if I understand the the passage below correctly, but it alludes that actors would go to hell. One thing I learned from Buddhism is that karma is generated by intention? And that one who upholds the five precept will will be reborn again as human? So, if an actor does not intentionally do a...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 24, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 31
Views: 860

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

Not that simians would have any such knowledge.....
by Wayfarer
Wed May 23, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The origin of "life" on earth
Replies: 31
Views: 860

Re: The origin of "life" on earth

I’ve always liked that panspermia idea. There was a famous albeit somewhat eccentric astrophysicist by the name of Fred Hoyle, who along with Chandra Wickramasinghe published a book on the idea in the nineteen eighties called The Intelligent Universe. He said that there are vast clouds of proto-orga...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 22, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Myth provides a way of re-telling existential truths using allegorical language. Nowadays it is very popular to dismiss mythical thinking out-of-hand, but myths are nevertheless part of the fabric of existence (and modern life as well. It’s just that many of today's myths reflect the underlying tech...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 19, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hawking has last laugh
Replies: 50
Views: 1140

Re: Hawking has last laugh

I really think Hawking was over-rated as a public intellectual. Of course it's impossible for a non-expert to judge the value of his scientific work, but in terms of his persona as a public intellectual, I really never liked his obvious animus against anything he deemed religious (and that cast quit...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 19, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

A brief excursion into comparative religion. With respect to the principle of ‘mind-to-mind transmission’ that is fundamental to Zen. It’s interesting that the original definition of ‘mystical’ was associated with ‘initiation into the mystery schools’. This referred to the Ancient Greek mystery reli...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 18, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Myth-conceptions abound :smile:
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Thanks Ven. Meido. But is the story re-told to make the point about not relying on written texts? Is it part of the 'teaching repertoire'? (It is great to have the benefit of your knowledge as many of us only ever read the 'canned' versions of these stories presented in the popular anthologies, and ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I suppose, from a classical Chinese viewpoint, it’s one of the ‘Taoist vs Confucian’ parables. The elder represents tradition, the handing down, veneration for established ways - Confucian values. The younger represents spontaneous action and direct insight - ‘thrusts it into the flames right away’ ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

in fact, the cornerstone of Zen is that no texts, sutras or teachings are needed to reach enlightenment I don’t know about that. I see the parable as being more about attachment, rather than them ‘not being needed’. We do need them, up until the time we really have gone beyond. I think a lot of peo...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 17, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1166

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I think the '101 Zen Stories' that are reproduced on various websites are mainly reproductions of those in the well-known book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps, who was an early student of Zen in America. Anyway, one of those stories is rather similar to the one in this OP. The Zen master Mu-nan ...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 417
Views: 8999

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

I have always thought one of the main differentiators of Buddhism is the 'parable of the raft' - that the Buddhist teaching is a means to cross the river, but something that is left behind once the river has been crossed. So in that sense, all Buddhism is 'expedient means', it has no ultimate meanin...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 843

Re: If the Mahayana Sutras were not spoken by the Buddha what authority do they hold?

'He who sees the Dharma sees Me' is deeply connected with the Mahayana understanding. As for authority - that's a different question. Remember the model in Buddhism is empowering through passing the torch of knowledge; the student has to find realisation in and for him or herself. So there's no ulti...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 926

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

What are you quoting that says there are truly existent and apparently existent phenomena? It was this passage: “All Buddhist tenet holders assert that whatever exists must be either a conventional or an ultimate truth, and that there is nothing which is both. Thus, conventional and ultimate truths...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 1551

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

It is megalomania, the 'I alone can solve' mentality, seen often during the campaign, having sacked all of the moderating influences around him. The only silver lining is that he is fenced in by a constitutional system, but he's sorely testing it.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 11, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?
Replies: 31
Views: 926

Re: According to the Prasangika, what is wrong with statement that the two truths are two ways of looking at one object?

Thus, conventional and ultimate truths do not refer to ideas or perspectives, nor to two levels of reality or truths; they refer to the phenomena themselves. That strikes me as wrong. It says there are two classes of phenomena, the 'truly existent' and the 'apparently existent'. But all phenomena a...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 10, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness
Replies: 37
Views: 956

Re: Dialectical Monism / Emptiness

Thank you, that is how I understand it also.

:namaste: